A 16-page novel study pack to help students navigate Albert Camus's existentialist novella, The Stranger (L'Etranger). Reading questions encourage complete sentence responses to not only "Right There" (comprehension/understanding-level of Bloom's Taxonomy) types of questions, but also thematic/critical thinking/analytic questions related to the text. Novel pack includes:
a.) reading assessments for each chapter
b.) characterization analysis graphic organizer at the end of Part I (analyzing Meursault's behaviors, thoughts, what he says, what others say about him, etc. and what these tell us about his character)
c.) focus on explaining ideas with textual evidence
d.) argumentative essay assessment piece, step-by-step directions including revision and editing
e.) jigsaw collaborative learning exercise focusing on novel's major motifs/concepts, including:
i. Camus's Existentialist Concept of the Absurd
ii. Freedom and The Death Penalty
iii. Racism and the Novel's Title
iv. Intersections betweem the Plot and 3 Deaths
vi. Relationships/Significance of Family and Friends
g.) clear, step-by-step directions with each activity/assignment
h.) personal reactions and connections with novel
These activities will help stimulate not only student in-depth comprehension and higher-level analysis of this incredible yet compact novel, but it will also invite further class discussions and application. In this way, you'll help students develop critical thinking and synthesis skills. You may choose to use the reading assessments as formative assessment pieces, and the final essay as a summative assessment; regardless, you'll be inviting students to work within the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, including applying, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing. You're also helping students develop the Common Core 21st Century skills of problem-solving, communication, collaborating, and critical thinking as they develop the anchor standards for reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language.
Enjoy, and please leave me feedback as to not only how you use this activity pack in either your Philosophy or ELA course. You may wish to pair this with my pre-reading The Stranger research activity, also available in my store. Thank you for looking!